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Hamas: New Israel war on Gaza unlikely
Published Saturday 29/06/2013 (updated) 01/07/2013 20:14
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israel is not likely to wage another war on the Gaza Strip, though it is possible a conflict could erupt elsewhere in the region, says Hamas official Salah Bardawil.

The senior official told Ma'an Saturday that Israel was likely to point its guns at another area “after Israel obtained a green light from the US.”

He added that the US and Israel were seeking a war which would prove Israel’s military superiority, a privilege which can’t be achieved through a war on Gaza, according to Bardawil.

Asked about the crisis in Egypt, he said he did not expect a civil war there because the Egyptian people realize it will be very destructive and “civil wars are absent in Egypt’s history.”

Bardawil applauded Egypt and lauded the biggest Arab country's “historic depth” for the Palestinians, adding that whatever “harms Egypt will eventually harm Palestine more than any Arab country.”

On the ongoing unrest in Syria and the possible outcomes, the Hamas official ruled out the possibility of military intervention by the US or other Western countries. “Foreign countries can’t resolve the conflict militarily, and Arab countries must design a strategy to bring this deterioration to an end.”

Bardawil criticized Hezbollah's intervention in the conflict.

“Unfortunately, Hezbollah has been driven into a marginal battle and ignored the real enemy Israel, which reflected a negative image about the group. Intervention in the Syrian conflict isn’t in the right direction.

“It is unacceptable to take a bypass path to Palestine that goes through Syrian cities slaughtering their children and women. This is an illogical justification,” Bardawil added, responding to remarks by the secretary-general of Hezbollah Sheikh Hasan Nasrullah.

However, Bardawil added that contacts in the field between Hezbollah and Hamas are still ongoing, but addressing only one issue -- Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria.

As for relations between Hamas and Iran, he said that “the word 'boycott' doesn’t appear in Hamas’ lexicon.”

He said that it wouldn’t be an easy decision for Iran to sever ties with a resistance movement like Hamas “which spearheads confrontations with Israel.” Nevertheless, he said it partly froze financial support to Hamas in Gaza.

Asked about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy in the region, the Hamas official asserted that Kerry was biased toward Israel.

“Kerry isn’t managing a crisis, but rather siding with Israel. He doesn’t even have in mind that he should address the issue justly. The US has other priorities which are much more important than the Palestinian issue, especially because the US is confident that Israel is superior militarily, and because Arab countries are busy with internal conflicts.”
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
29/06/2013 14:00
"... the US and Israel were seeking a war which would prove Israel’s military superiority..."??? There is nothing to prove. It is already a known fact.

2 ) Adu George / Ghana
29/06/2013 15:31
I want to visit your country please help me

3 ) Mel / USA
29/06/2013 16:23
LOL! It's not called the "shuttle". It's called the DoS Zio-SHUFFLE! 2 steps to Ramallah,3 steps back to Israel(get a bone from Bibi)3 steps to Ramallah,4 steps back to Israel (2 bones from Bibi"Good Doggie").4 steps to Ramallah & 5 steps back to Israel(3 bones from Bibi "Here's a belly rub Kerry" Good doggie").C.Rice &H.Clinton came back with sore feet,knees &broken teeth too,from chewing on Zio-bones TOO! Palestine,with interantional laws/UNGA on your side you need ASK Israel for NOTHING!

4 ) Outlier / USA
29/06/2013 18:16
Before provoking another war, Hamas and its Jihadist friends should remember their previous "victories." Another such might well result in the dismantling of both.

5 ) Abc123 / Canada
29/06/2013 19:44
This really makes one wonder how crazy the Gazans really are. Do they really not realize that Israel could destroy the entire Strip with just one bomb?

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
30/06/2013 02:54
Unless HAMAS STARTS acting like before the last Gaza WAR, with 100s of rockets fired at Israeli towns in a single month, week, and even a single day, - Hamas is right that a "New Israel war on Gaza is unlikely", and - The same is true for Hezbollah and Lebanon, where - ISRAEL ONLY GOES TO WAR IN SELF-DEFENSE.

7 ) Knightarm / US
30/06/2013 02:55
Israel wouldn't need a bomb, just leaflets threatening to drop roach killer and watch the Gazans scramble.

8 ) @ ABC-5 / USA
30/06/2013 03:01
It would require more than "just one bomb", but one day would be enough, or Israel could just turn-off the water and electricity to Gaza, which would be a crime against humanity, but fatal to Gaza in a week. Hamas and the PLO will risk the lives of their sons to murder Jews, but Israel will only risk the lives of it's sons to defend their families, so unless Hamas restarts their attacks, Israel will not attack either !!

9 ) Knightarm / USA
30/06/2013 03:13
Let's cut to the chase. Everything that has gone wrong in the Middle East in the past 60 years Israel's fault. Right Pals? We know exactly what Israel's fault really is. It exists. Right Pals?

10 ) Lilith / The World
30/06/2013 03:30
@ Abc123 / Canada. They obviously haven't thought about it. If Israel had wanted to destroy Gaza, they could do it easily. They have no issues with the Gazans only the terrorists who run the country
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